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Melissa T. Billig

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Construction Litigation Attorney in New York, NY

Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti, LLP
150 E 42nd St, 19th Floor
New York, NY 10017
Phone: 212-907-9651
Fax: 212-907-9681
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013
Licensed in New York Since: 1998
Education: Brooklyn Law School
Practice Areas: Construction Litigation: Business, Professional Liability: Defense, General Litigation
Attorney Profile

Melissa T. Billig has been a partner with Ingram Yuzek Gainen Carroll & Bertolotti, LLP, in New York, New York, since 2009. She joined the firm as an associate in 2003 and has focused her practice on litigation related to construction and design. Ms. Billig represents architects, engineers, contractors, construction managers and owners throughout the state in matters such as defective construction claims and multiparty contract disputes. She also handles the negotiation and drafting of design and construction agreements and license agreements, and she pursues the resolution of construction disputes both through litigation as well as mediation and arbitration.

After graduating cum laude with a bachelor's degree in 1995 from what was then called the State University of New York at Buffalo, Ms. Billig earned her law degree from Brooklyn Law School in 1998. She is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, and before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey. Highly regarded by her peers, Ms. Billig has received an AV Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

Ms. Billig is active in the Center for Architecture Foundation and has served as a member of its board of directors, the chair of its development committee and a member of its marketing committee. She provides pro bono legal services for desigNYC and recently authored an article for the New York Real Estate Journal on the benefits to builders of establishing good relationships with the owners and residents of neighboring properties. In addition to her professional activities, Ms. Billig maintains memberships in the alumni associations of her undergraduate and law school alma maters.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Construction Litigation: Business
  • 30%Professional Liability: Defense
  • 20%General Litigation
Focus Areas

Construction Defects, Litigation


9 Years Super Lawyers
2 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2013

About Melissa T. Billig

First Admitted: 1998, New York

Professional Webpage:

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • April 22, 2014, The Building Next Door: Establishing Good Relations Between Neighbors, New York Real Estate Journal

Bar/Professional Activity

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York
  • Center for Architecture Foundation - Board of Directors
  • Center for Architecture Foundation - Marketing Committee
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York
  • Center for Architecture Foundation - Member
  • Center for Architecture Foundation - Development Committee
  • University at Buffalo Alumni Association
  • New Jersey
  • United States District Court, District of New Jersey
  • Center for Architecture Foundation - Chair
  • Brooklyn Law School Alumni Association
  • New York, 1998

Representative Clients

  • Architects
  • Contractors
  • Owners
  • Construction managers
  • Engineers

Educational Background

  • State University of New York at Buffalo, cum laude, 1995

Pro bono/Community Service

  • DesigNYC (counsel), 2010

Industry Groups

  • Center For Architecture Foundation (Board)
  • DesigNYC (Counsel)
  • Development Committees (AIA And Center For Architecture Foundation)
  • Programs Committee (Center For Architecture Foundation)
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Office Location for Melissa T. Billig

150 E 42nd St
19th Floor
New York, NY 10017

Phone: 212-907-9651

Fax: 212-907-9681

Last Updated: 5/16/2022

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